Winki Pop, Australia
Winki Pop sounds like an overly colourful cartoon with surfing critters trying to teach babies to count. However, the story of how the name came about would have to be shown after the watershed.
The first person to surf this beach and nearby Bells Beach was Roger Falahey. He used to hang out with a bunch of serious party girls.
There was one in particular that his friend liked. She had a code word for their “intimate relations”, which was Winki Pop.
History says when one day, Falahey and his mates were out on the beach and saw two crabs linked together. Falahey cried, “look they are having Winki Pop!” and since then the name has stuck.
Murderers Bay, New Zealand
Also known as Golden Bay, this beach has a dark and bloody history.
In 1642 Dutch explorer Able Tasman came and anchored in the bay. The local Maori tribe, Ngati Tumatakokir, weren’t happy about this and killed seven of Tasman’s men.
Not much is known about the Ngati Tumatakokir as they were wiped out by another band of Maoris in 1823.
Fortunately, things have since changed. Murderers Bay is now a laid-back surf town. The only thing that might kill you is the odd shark passing through.
Nutbags, near Cape Town, South Africa
I have been sworn to secrecy about this spot, so the photo above isn’t a true representation.
All I can say is that its three hours away from Cape Town. Only locals go here and they say the waves are epic. You’ll have to take their word for it.
Another piece of advice: look out for sharks – maybe that’s why they called it Nutbags…